In US, Nawaz will expose India’s terror sponsorship

Published: October 15, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP Nisar says FIA has recorded Nawaz’s statement in Asghar Khan case.

Ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s upcoming visit to the United States, Pakistan’s top political leadership is modifying a ‘foreign policy paper’ which, according to the country’s security czar, will focus on exposing India’s direct involvement in fomenting and bankrolling terrorism in Pakistan.

“In the last 10 days, our prime focus has remained on ways to expose Indian state actors’ involvement in Pakistan’s affairs. A [recently] modified policy paper is under consideration. [After the United Nations] we are now going to put this case before Washington,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a news briefing on Wednesday.

“The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)’s involvement, its blatant interference in our affairs, Afghan peace process and Operation Zarb-e-Azb— all will come under discussion in the US,” said Nisar, who will be accompanying the prime minister on the Washington tour.

The prime minister is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss multiple issues, including the stalled dialogue between Pakistan and India, Afghan peace process and other regional issues.

Asked about Pakistan’s joining the US-backed international alliance against the ultra-orthodox extremist group Islamic State (IS), Nisar said Pakistan would focus on local militants groups operating in the region. “A few banned groups could be in contact with IS, but the group is still largely based in the Middle East,” he added.

The interior minister also revealed that a team of the Federal Investigation Team (FIA) investigating the Asghar Khan case has recorded the statement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A review petition of the case is pending with the Supreme Court as the government has failed to implement the court’s verdict to charge military officials, who had allegedly funneled millions of rupees to anti-Pakistan People Party (PPP) politicians before the 1990 elections.

Nisar admitted that the FIA team was facing hurdles in recording statements of a few retired military officers. “However, the case will go on,” he said.

To a question in connection with a recent statement of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, he said that his ministry did not need the Ministry of Defence to coordinate with the armed forces and civil armed forces.

High-profile graft cases

The interior minister said the FIA was investigating all high-profile corruption cases without facing any hurdles. He referred to the cases regarding the Employees Old-age Benefits Institution (EOBI) and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), in which many senior PPP leaders – including former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former federal minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, are allegedly involved.

Nisar, however, evaded a question about the treason trial of former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf saying “the case is stalled due complicated legalities”.

Muharram security

The interior minister said the federal government has dedicated over 16,000 military and police personnel to guard sensitive religious places in the holy month of Muharram. “Around 10,000 military personnel will assist the local police, while 6,000 special police personnel will ensure better security for mosques and Imambargahs,” he said.

PTI allegations

Nisar also rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s allegations of pre-poll rigging in the recent by-polls in NA-122 (Lahore V), where the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, defeated PTI’s Aleem Khan.

“Allegations have been levelled against the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) without any basis,” Nisar said, claiming he had rigorously investigated the allegations but could not find anything substantial.

The interior minister advised PTI Chairman Imran Khan to shun politics of confrontation which was not in Pakistan’s interest. “Several external and internal elements want Pakistan to remain embroiled in problems,” he said.

“NADRA does not have any authority to shift anyone’s vote from one constituency to another,” he added. “It is only the jurisdiction of the Election Commission of Pakistan to do so.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Ajmal
    Oct 15, 2015 - 9:14AM

    Unfortunately bad news has been released in the media about Osama bin Alden’s presence just a week before. Our PM, diplomatic staff should brace themselves for all the negative attention media is going to give them. another opportunity to highlight Indian atrocities in Pakistan will be missed.Recommend

  • Abdul Wani
    Oct 15, 2015 - 9:22AM

    After achieving tremendous success in the UN, Nawaz is heading to the US with his big entourage, sponsored by the tax payers, to make a historical statement which will change the face of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jag Nathan
    Oct 15, 2015 - 10:32AM

    And we Indians are sharing in fright. Nawaz Sheriff;’s gimmicks are just that. On a day when the former Pak Defense Minister admits to media in a recorded statement that the entire civilian, political and military leadership knew where Osama lived, Nawaz is trying to convince America and the world India is sponsoring terror. Yeah have we not heard this story before?Recommend

  • Saad
    Oct 15, 2015 - 10:37AM

    Question is, will anyone believe Pakistan? The dossiers handed over to UN has met with deafening silence. Pakistan should keep the focus on trade instead.Recommend

  • hari
    Oct 15, 2015 - 10:43AM

    Lol, wondering what Pakistan knows which US of A doesn’t already ! They even knew OBL’s precise location which “clearly” Pakistan didn’t !Recommend

  • Saad
    Oct 15, 2015 - 11:49AM

    Why US and not China or Russia? US is anyway not Pakistan’s friend anymore.Recommend

  • ahmed wani
    Oct 15, 2015 - 12:41PM

    same old story…when will the climax come….story is stuck in same dark old age….Things that cannot be won in war like 48,71,65,99….will never be won on table and with one side being a failed state….Recommend

  • Human
    Oct 15, 2015 - 2:50PM

    @Jag Nathan:
    That news only made headlines in India and to some extent in Pakistan … me no one else even cared enough to feature the story in their papers.Recommend

  • Menon
    Oct 15, 2015 - 3:21PM

    Good luck.

    World is aware.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 15, 2015 - 3:55PM

    Yawn, this makes just HOW MANY TIMES Pakistan has announced “Evidence” that never sees the light of day!Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Oct 15, 2015 - 4:09PM

    Nawaz sharif will never give the paper to the US and by the way why is he going to the US? The answer to both these questions is that in both these countries he has his personal interests.

    Why don’t he go to the Russia??

  • TiffinBox
    Oct 15, 2015 - 4:11PM

    Nawaz moves to US to expose India. Sharyaar moves to dubai to beg India. What contrast.Recommend

  • wb
    Oct 15, 2015 - 4:48PM

    Why are Raheel Sharif and Nawaz Sharif not sharing this evidence with the media and the citizens of their own country?

    Why don’t you show us what you have? Do you even have anything?Recommend

  • cautious
    Oct 15, 2015 - 4:58PM

    Same old media blitz we saw just before he went to the UN – we all know what a waste of time that was.
    Why isn’t he promoting business while he’s in the USA? He could be meeting with the Companies that could modernize Pakistan’s software infrastructure, build power plants, pipelines, modernize agriculture, etc … instead he resorts to India grudge match. Classic Pakistan.Recommend

  • nizamuddin khan
    Oct 15, 2015 - 5:35PM

    I am anxiously waiting with my fellow Pakistanis to cheer our beloved PM arrive in US. We have located several dhabas all over the country to serve a free meal to our PM. We don’t want him to pay us in dollars and use up the $15B in foreign reserves.

    We hope Obama will not be playing with his new iPhone when our PM is talking about all intelligence gathering on RAW.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Oct 15, 2015 - 5:48PM

    Your credibility throughout the world is shot and barely holding with a few gasps. Why are you hellbent in destroying it beyond repair?
    Latest is about Zia assuring Reagan that Pakistan will not go past 5% enrichment of Uranium which you have not honoured. Recommend

  • Dubya
    Oct 15, 2015 - 6:16PM

    All the best …Recommend

  • TT
    Oct 15, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Please Sir, don’t do it. We promise to behave well in the future. Amrika bahut marega hamein.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 15, 2015 - 6:45PM

    By the kind of mean looks, the Prime Minister of Pakistan seems to mean what he says. The only problem is that neither his country nor India are the colonies any more.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • someone
    Oct 15, 2015 - 6:53PM

    So Pakistan is planning to play movie “WAAR” in UN. Recommend

  • Karachite
    Oct 15, 2015 - 7:52PM

    …and just a few days back Indian media reported that Obama has cancelled his October meeting with NS on Modi’ appeal…and that Pakistan has been Isolated…and that Pakistan is not getting the civilian nuclear deal or NSG discussions won’t be held.
    Indian media feeds these to their own public as to increase the TRP’s and they knew how gullible the Indian public is when it comes to any news about Pakistan.
    And the Indian public believes what is fed to them by the Indian media…Recommend

  • Kickass
    Oct 15, 2015 - 7:53PM

    He will do no such thing. Any bets?Recommend

  • Sara
    Oct 15, 2015 - 8:21PM

    Cool, I don’t know how incumbent are most of the people and they don’t even realize that terrorist activities are heavily sponsored for external source, not always internal. Pakistan faces extreme threat from its neighbors, because a destabilized Pakistan always favors the interest of investing more in neighbors. A stabilized Pakistan would be a nightmare for many. Recommend

  • Charles
    Oct 15, 2015 - 9:03PM

    Why won’t Pakistan release this evidence to the media? We all expected a big presentation at the UN and got zip – now we get the same kind of hype before his trip to see Obama. This doesn’t help Pakistan’s credibility – at home or abroad.Recommend

  • Pindi Kid
    Oct 15, 2015 - 9:33PM

    @Jag Nathan: Don’t flatter yourself as all knowing about Pakistan. The defense minister in Pakistan is not like the US defense secretary. In Pakistan it is only a ceremonial position and only the military runs itself. The defense minister does not know much. Do you really believe the military will reveal secrets to a civil ministry that is a musical chairs game? I saw how confidently the said defense minister was giving his views. That interview may mean much to you but means nothing to Pakistanis who know anything about this minister.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Oct 15, 2015 - 10:41PM

    I guess India is doomed this time. We should apologize profusely to Pakistan and beg for their mercy before NS exposes us to the US.Recommend

  • observer
    Oct 15, 2015 - 10:52PM

    A. US found OBL somewhere in Pakistan.

    B. US droned Hakeemullah Mehsud somewhere in Pakistan.

    C. US found Khalid Sheikh Mohammed somewhere in Pakistan.

    I guess US is aware of the connection between Terrorists and Pakistan.Recommend

  • LOL
    Oct 15, 2015 - 10:57PM

    Awesome comment!!Recommend

  • Komal S
    Oct 15, 2015 - 11:26PM

    @Pindi Kid:
    Can you possibly say the same about foreign ministry. Currently you have no foreign minister, in any civilian government that would be one of the most important portfolio. Maybe the Pakistani military also runs foreign policy.Recommend

  • Wow
    Oct 16, 2015 - 2:14AM

    @Human: Nice try at self delusion. Seymour Hersh is an American reporter, and because he seemed to contradict the US government report on Obama, it is front page news in US papers. Further, he published his story in the London Times, the Brits know all about this. It seems that you make the world disappear by closing your eyes. Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Oct 16, 2015 - 4:52AM

    @Pindi Kid: “… In Pakistan it is only a ceremonial position and only the military runs itself. The defense minister does not know much. … ”

    Ah !! Democracy with Pakistani characteristics.Recommend

  • Bharat
    Oct 16, 2015 - 6:20AM

    I am getting confused

    I am sure he said that he was going to do this at 3 weeks ago when he came to the General assembly.

    Seems that he needs at least 2 visits to do that.
    Can he make that record public please?Recommend

  • Haider
    Oct 16, 2015 - 6:20AM

    We had dossiers when there was meeting of NSA…Now when next meeting takes place..You will be shown..Recommend

  • miristan
    Oct 16, 2015 - 6:21AM

    Please show your all proofs otherwise you will be new joker of Subcontinent.Recommend

  • Chaiman Wow
    Oct 16, 2015 - 6:59AM

    But who will expose US terror sponsorship?Recommend

  • wb
    Oct 16, 2015 - 8:39AM


    “We had dossiers when there was meeting of NSA…Now when next meeting takes place..You will be shown..”

    You “had” dossiers? Meaning, you don’t have them anymore?

    I have dossiers too. I have several dossiers of accounts and documents from my previous projects. I have one dossier full of my marks cards and certificates. I have another dossier of old documents that I want to throw, but am not sure about.

    I also have another dossiers of my father’s medical reports and prescriptions and bills.

    I have another dossier of my wife’s pregnancy reports and scans etc.

    Do you want me to wave them in front of NDTV and claim that these are evidences against Pakistan?

    Do you even know what’s inside those dossiers? Have you ever made an attempt to ask your government?

    Why would you wait for NSA meet? Why don’t you ask your government to make the evidence public?

    We made all evidence against Pakistan public. All you need to do is google about it.Recommend

  • whatever
    Oct 16, 2015 - 4:46PM

    @Karachite: No sir we have electricity and Internet, we just open news website of pakistan and just see what is happening right now in Pakistan. like pakistani passport among worst, like we will eat grass but will make bomb, we will bleed to death by thousand cuts. one more news Indians are among top online news reader. we have eyes on every move of the world.Recommend

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